We are already a couple of days into 2023, and the holidays are over. For most people, this marks their return to their jobs which, for many, constitutes a stressful aspect of their lives. Now, stress from work or other activities is simply unavoidable. This, however, does not mean such stress cannot be managed effectively.
Thus, it is important that you actively take steps to relax and relieve stress throughout the year. This would help you be at your best physically and psychologically, allowing you to be more productive with whatever activity you engage in. If you are unsure how to relax, we are here to help. In this article, we have put together a list of some top ways to relax when you are exhausted. Let’s dive right in:
When we say ‘breathe,’ we are not talking about the unconscious activity we must perform every other second to remain alive. Instead, we mean you should intentionally take slow and deep breaths to relieve stress. This is one of the simplest yet most effective techniques to deal with exhaustion.
Conducting breathing exercises is certainly something you should take up. All you have to do is find a quiet and safe place, such as your bedroom or any other area you are comfortable with. Sit or lay down and breathe in on the count of three and after which you can breathe out following the same pattern until you feel relaxed. You can also place a hand on your belly as you conduct your breathing exercises so that you can feel your belly rise and fall as you breathe.
Meditation is another effective way to deal with stress and exhaustion. In fact, meditation can even have other health benefits beyond helping you relax. For instance, studies have shown that meditation not only helps reduce stress but can also reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. There are several other advantages to meditation.
If you are taking up meditation, it does not have to be a lengthy session. Even 10 minutes of meditation every day can significantly alleviate your stress levels. Furthermore, meditation can be performed almost anywhere. Of course, selecting a peaceful venue where you are not likely to be disturbed is better. You can then sit down, close your eyes, and focus on your breath as you clear your mind.
Remember that relaxation is a subjective activity. In essence, what gets you relaxed might not necessarily work for others. Nevertheless, one activity you might want to consider is psychedelics consumption. Some people who have interacted with psilocybin have found it useful as a relaxation technique.
Of course, if you want to explore psychedelics, you must do it safely and with adequate support. Fortunately, you can explore a guided trip that enables you to consume psychedelics in a relaxing environment and with the necessary help you might require.
Listen to music
Most people are no strangers to using music for relaxation, and this is for a good reason. Studies have found that music can instantly calm your mind and body, lowering stress levels significantly. Essentially, you can take a couple of minutes daily to plug in your headphones and immerse yourself in your favorite tunes.
You can listen to upbeat songs to lift your mood. Similarly, you can create a playlist of your favorite songs and sing along as you listen.
Get physically active
While it might sound counterintuitive, exercising can be a very effective way to relax, relieve stress, and even improve your mood. Most types of exercises have a positive impact on your stress levels. Aerobic exercises, in particular, have been found to activate a neurochemical process that helps with stress. Such exercises stimulate the production of endorphins which act as the brain’s natural painkillers and mood elevators.
Furthermore, exercise reduces levels of some stress hormones produced in the body, such as adrenaline and cortisol. Your exercises can be as simple as taking daily walks or jogging regularly. Similarly, you can engage in other relaxing physical activities, such as yoga.
Get a massage
Visiting the spa and getting a massage is another way you can reduce your stress levels and help you recover from exhaustion. There are several reasons massages are so relaxing. For one, a message effectively lowers the cortisol level in the body. Cortisol is a hormone produced in your body when you are stressed. Similarly, a massage can help get your serotonin levels up. This hormone is known to reduce the feeling of anxiety and depression.
In essence, if you are seeking an excuse to get a massage, being stressed and exhausted is as good as any.
Immerse yourself in nature
More than you might think, nature can be very relaxing. As such, the next time you feel stressed or exhausted, you can decide to go on short work in an environment surrounded by nature, such as a park. If this is impossible for you to achieve, you can still enjoy the stress-reducing effects of nature by looking at images on your computer screen. Studies have found that looking at images of nature with greenery for even five minutes can have a significant calming effect.
Go for a swim
Swimming is also an effective way to relax for many people. If you already know how to swim, you should include this activity more in your schedule. Swimming can help improve sleep, lower anxiety, and reduce stress.
Relaxation can mean different things to different people. As such, you need to find activities that help you relax and relieve stress in the best way possible.